Keep Bugs Out

All sorts of bugs tend to wander inside when the weather starts to warm up and can make an annoyance of themselves. Take some preventative measures to keep them from making themselves at home this summer.

Keep small spaces closed so they don’t have a way to get in. This means caulking around window frames, pipes, dryer vents and more. Also repairing gaps in the siding can help keep them out. They can find just about any little crack to squeeze through, so resealing the house is a big help. It also has the added benefit of potentially lowering cooling costs this summer.

Try adding some natural bug repellents inside and outside of the home to deter them. There are plants such as mint, rosemary, lemongrass and geraniums that bugs will stay away from. Plant them around the base of the home, in window boxes or spray peppermint oil around the base of the house if plants aren’t an option.

Food attracts many bugs, but specifically ants, which can be hard to get rid of once they enter the home. By immediately cleaning up food and messes from cooking, it will help reduce the likelihood of ants coming inside. Taking the garbage out frequently will also help and keep the kitchen smelling fresh.

Don’t let bugs win the battle this summer. Start taking steps to keep them out sooner rather than later.